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June 13, 2010

It's Not Summer Yet For Me

Photo-7 All of my friends are talking about the beginning of summer.  And I'm reading blog post after blog post about graduations.  Preschool, kindergarten, middle school, high school, and college.  We are talking about Father's day.  July 4th merchandise is arriving in stores.  Pools are open.  After-school classes are ending. 

But it is not summer for my family.  My son's preschool runs on an 11 month calendar.  So he doesn't end until JULY.  His preschool graduation is not until July.  So when people ask me if I have decided about kindergarten yet, and I say no, it is because I still have not had my end of the year conference.  School isn't over for us yet.

In some ways, it is a really nice schedule.  As a working mom, I only have to struggle with summer care for a month.  And the school runs a camp, and only closes for 3 days for turnover, so it is almost a year round schedule.

I see the benefit of year round school.  Less daycare struggle for working parents.  And lets be honest, for a lot of parents, school is their daycare plan.  And kids don't lose as much knowledge without a long summer break.  

But on the other hand I am exhausted by the hustle and bustle of school.  I'm ready for the lazy hazy days of summer.  I want to have pictures to post of my own son's preschool graduation.  (Although his school does a "stepping up" ceremony.)  And if I'm exhausted by it I can't even imagine how he must feel.  I'm not even sure he will notice a difference between school and camp.  It is in the same building and practically the same thing.  I call it preschool with a bathing suit.

So here we are, the third week of June and still in school.  Although he has a professional day this week and I'm taking off of work.  I am thinking of taking him to the movies in the middle of the day on a Wednesday.  Why not, right?  It is the summer.

Original DC Metro Moms post. Jodi blogs at Jodifur about being a wife, mother, attorney, and everything in between.  You can also follow Jodi on twitter.

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